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The future is dark (and that is a good thing) | Dr. Jane McGonigal | TEDxSkoll

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Published on Apr 21, 2017

Do you want to make a difference? Use your imagination. To make a change, you must be able to imagine a completely different world. The imagination allows us to take a future we do not know anything about and replace it with anything we want it to be. In this lively and optimistic talk, Jane shows us how to train the imagination to create a future where everything is completely different.

Jane McGonigal, PhD is a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games — or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. She believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission — and her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. She is the two-time New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World and SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully.

She is the inventor of SuperBetter, a game that has helped nearly one million players tackle real-life health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury. She has created and deployed award-winning games, sports and secret missions in more than 30 countries on six continents. She specialises in games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, such as poverty, hunger and climate change, through planetary-scale collaboration.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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